Audi A4 is one of the finalists for 2016 European Car of the Year

The Audi A4 has been named as one of the finalists for the 2016 European Car of the Year award.

The European COTY jurists have narrowed down the list of finalists for the award to just seven models after back in the summer the full list had 40 cars. In alphabetical order, the cars are: Audi A4 (B9), BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XE, Mazda MX-5, Opel / Vauxhall Astra, Skoda Superb and the Volvo XC90. As you can see, most of the cars belong to the premium segment and it will be an interesting fight for the crown.

The winner is going to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show early March next year and it’s really hard to say which of the remaining seven will take the trophy. The A4 is obviously our top choice, but the others are also very appealing, with the 7-Series being packed with a lot of technology while the Jaguar XE is a sleek sports sedan using an aluminum-intensive architecture.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has received a new generation which actually harkens back to the original model and should be very fun to drive. As for the Opel / Vauxhall Astra, this has lost a serious amount of weight and it also looks much better than before. The Skoda Superb is really one of the most beautiful mid-size models on sale today and is extremely practical thanks to a spacious interior cabin and a massive trunk. Last but not least, the Volvo XC90 is perhaps the most elegant SUV available right now and it also looks very refined both inside and out.

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Chances are Audi will not get the award given the ongoing Dieselgate, so our money is on the new XC90. Frankly, we prefer the Superb, but being part of the Volkswagen Group, it’s unlikely the Czech model will get the title.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.